Quote: Paul Wimsett @ 16th June 2016, 2:04 PM BST
Is there the one with John Cleese on?
I haven't watched the second series yet, but I don't think JC is on either of them as it looks like he made an appearance during/after 1971 - what we need is for the rest of them to be released!
Anyway, to certain things..................further observations as I progress through Series One.
My main comment is that the only person to come out of this with any credit is Barry Cryer as he is as funny in this as he is today and always has been, with a warm glow for Ted Ray who I have always liked ("Rays a Laugh" on radio) and Charlie Chester who I used to enjoy with his "Sunday Soapbox" on Radio 2, which ran for over 20 years from the mid 70s; BUT Charlie cracks an identical joke in the 23/7/69 prog. and the 30/7/69 programme - so what is going on there?!?! The mind boggles that no one made a comment on this, even if they are shown out of recording sequence.
Also, what the point of the hostess Isabella Rye is, is anybody's guess as she bring nothing to the party, apart from her ample figure and she seems to have had one to many sherbets as she lolls over the desk next to Barry and sometimes doesn't make an appearance at all, so again what the hell is going on there?
As for everyone else................well regular (unfortunately) Ray Martine is a waste of space as he tries desperately to be funny and fails miserably, but to his credit he looks as though he accepts that he is not a patch on the others when it comes to comedy, and there is a bitterness in his eyes and demeanour, which he takes out on Les Dawson who you can see is early days for him, having not yet developed his confidence.
But apart from all that some of the jokes are......................well, not even jokes and of very poor standard, especially considering that it is rehearsed anyway.
Plenty of "who the hell is that?" comedians and this one took me by surprise................(Hint:- pre perm)